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Erin Shannon: Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Already Causing Economic Harm

BTN PODCAST - The Seattle City Council recently voted to force all employers to pay all employees at least $15 an hour. Even though the requirement does not begin to take effect until April 2015, some employers are already scaling back plans to expand in the city -- and even outside the city. Erin Shannon, director of the Center for Small Business at the Washington Policy Center, explains how Seattle's decision could affect employers and employees for the worse all across the area.

Isaac Orr: Fracking and Earthquakes

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses the seismic link between fracking and earthquakes, with Heartland's Jim Lakely.

Larry Sand: LA to Pay Teachers to Sit at Home

SRN PODCAST - Los Angeles has made a change to how it will treat teachers under investigation for criminal acts in the classroom or poor job performance. Rather than having to sit around not working in rubber rooms while complaints against them get resolved—which sometimes can take years, during which they collect full pay and benefits—the teachers can now stay at home. To discuss this, Heartland policy advisor Larry Sand joins the podcast. He is the president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network and a retired public school teacher.

Sheldon Richman: 100 Years of the Federal Income Tax

BTN PODCAST - The federal income tax has just turned 100 years old. In this 'best of' podcast, Economic writer and historian Sheldon Richman says even if the Sixteenth Amendment establishing the income tax were repealed, Congress would have the power to impose an income tax.

Hester Peirce: Dodd-Frank: What It Does and Why It's Flawed.

FIRE PODCAST - In this 'best of' podcast, Jim Lakely and Matthew Glans speak with Hester Peirce, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about the Dodd-Frank Act, its effects on the economy and her new book, Dodd-Frank: What It Does and Why It's Flawed.

Lyman Stone: Taxes Do Have Impact on Interstate Moves

BTN PODCAST - Michael Mazerov of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently published a big report in which he essentially argues taxes have almost no impact on where people decide to live. Lyman Stone of the Tax Foundation has been publishing a multi-part response showing where the CBPP report is wrong -- and giving policymakers a tool to understand how taxes affect migration and how to talk about the effect.
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